Please Support Chef Kim, Haven, and Oakland by Voting her for Food and Wine’s The people’s Best New Chef

Haven Restaurant would like to congratulate Chef Kim Alter on her nomination for Food And Wine’s The Peoples’s Best New CHef. Chef kim is the only chef in oakland to be nominated out of 10 statewide and 100 nation wide chefs . We are excited Food and Wine has recognized the extremely talented Chef kim , that she represents Oakland and women, being one of only ten women nominated.

Voting began March 11th at 10am and comences MARCh 18th at 5pm EST.

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Warm Regards,
Kim, Dana and everyone at Haven

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Five questions for Haven’s Kim Alter

Published on March 10, 2013


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Vogue Magazine: Three Cities, Three Nights Out

Published on January 24, 2013

by Francesca Gilberti | Vogue Magazine

Just because it’s getting colder does not mean you should retreat into your living room with hot chocolate and the first season of Homeland. On the contrary, we think it’s time to buck up, layer on the scarves, and head out into the night. Here are Vogue itineraries for wintry evenings out in three American cities.

First Stop: Haven
Daniel Patterson of San Francisco’s Coi has crossed the Bay to open up his third home-away-from-home in neighboring Oakland’s Jack London Square. Haven is just what the name suggests—a welcoming spot hemmed in by clean white curtains, where the food is comforting (don’t miss the marrow), and you can settle into the sleek leather banquettes for a lively chat over the din.

Photo: Sara Davis

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A La Carte: Sunday Brunch

Published on August 20, 2012

By Jackie Burrell from the San Jose Mercury News

A haven for brunch: Meanwhile at Jack London Square, Daniel Patterson’s Haven has just added Sunday brunch service from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a seasonal family-style menu ($25) that changes each week. Chef Kim Alter’s brunch debut last week included a compressed fruit and lettuce salad; grits, eggs and sausage; and French toast with caramelized bananas and whiskey caramel. If that description isn’t quite decadent enough to do it justice, take a gander at the brunch cocktail menu, which includes a Bunny Mary with vodka, green chartreuse, carrots and habanero peppers; a slightly more standard bloody mary (but in true Haven style, those flavors hail from smoked heirloom tomatoes and charred shisito peppers); and a blackberry caipirinha ($10 each).

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Best of Oakland Dining: Jack London Square

Published on August 15, 2012

From 7×7 magazine by Amy Westervelt

In 7×7‘s July/August issue, Tanya Holland of Brown Sugar Kitchen gave you a tour of an ideal day in Oakland. Now, we present the definitive dining guide to Oakland.

The problem is, there are loads of amazing spots to nosh and drink in the 510. So many, in fact, that we split our top picks into four parts categorized by neighborhood. In our first installment, we begin with Downtown, Uptown, and Jack London Square.


The process of gentrifying Jack London is officially complete. There’s a Blue Bottle Coffee café here now for crying out loud. Fortunately, the great farmers’ market and the fancy condos have also brought with them some fantastic restaurants.

Favorite Newbie: Haven, 44 Webster St., 510.663.4440. The latest Oakland venture of SF chef Daniel Patterson, Haven succeeds where Patterson’s other Oaktown eatery (Plum) has fallen short: The menu is creative, but makes sense, and the service is attentive without being fussy. The menu changes often, but there’s almost always bone marrow on it and you should try it.

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Unterman on Haven

Published on June 21, 2012

By Patricia Unterman from Unterman on Food

Jack London Square, an historic piece of scenic real estate along the Oakland estuary, has had its ups and downs over the years. Those of us who lived in Berkeley during the 70’s and 80’s remember JLS as a down market Fisherman’s Wharf. But over the last decade, the nearby warehouses that used to service the Port of Oakland before it moved, were converted into residential lofts, creating a neighborhood. Concurrently, the Ellis Company, the newest developer to take on the Square, hatched an ambitious plan along the lines of the San Francisco’s Ferry Building. The project stalled during the recession in 2008, but a year ago, Rick Hackett (MarketBar) moved his pan-American Bocanova into a huge, lofty space with outdoor seating in sight of the marina, and a few months ago, Daniel Patterson (Coi, Plum) opened the long awaited Haven.

Nothing revitalizes a neighborhood like good restaurants and a critical mass of two, plus a Sunday farmers’ market, plus ferry service, plus an East Bay clique of artisan food producers lured by affordable leases, all make Jack London Square a culinary destination. But, it took Haven, one of the most exciting restaurants in the bay area, to put the Square over the top.

Patterson’s young, creative chef, Kim Alter, cooks big, luscious, family style plates of vegetable-centric food. She uses meat and seafood, but also copious amounts of vegetables, herbs and fruits, which make her dishes vibrant. By ordering the $55 chef’s daily market menu, served family style for everyone at the table, diners get full immersion–a spontaneous meal of market driven creations, on and off the printed menu.

The meal started with vegetables: soft, smoky shisito peppers blanketed with papery bonito shavings; griddled summer squashes of all sorts, aromatic with curry spices that had seeped into soft sauteed onion; and fried brussels sprouts, in lime and fish sauce. The kitchen knows how to achieve uncanny balance between salt and acid, making vegetables, and everything else, taste so bright.

Golden marrow bones are heaped with raw celery leaves, spring onion, red peppers and gigantic crisp/soft croutons in vinaigrette, a fantastic contrast of fat and clean. Crispy soft shell crabs meld with long cooked potatoes and piquant tartar, everything in the same flavor range. [...]

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SFist Drinks: The Flash Gordon At Haven

Published on January 6, 2012

By Jay Barmann from sfist.com | December 30, 2011

Flash Gordon Cocktail at Haven Over in Oakland, chef-restaurateur Daniel Patterson has just opened a fourth new restaurant, after just recently opening Plum Bar next to his one-year-old Plum at Webster and Broadway (he also owns the Michelin two-star Coi in North Beach). Haven is a New American bistro of sorts with an emphasis shared dishes, and the chef is the talented Kim Alter, who won some raves for a brief stint earlier this year at Plate Shop in Sausalito.

The cocktails at Haven are being created by Ron Boyd, who’s also the chef at Plum and Plum Bar, and this one is a bright and refreshing beverage with a sort of unusual, savory ingredient: celery juice.

Flash Gordon

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz celery juice
  • 1/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz soda

Shake the gin, celery juice, lime, and syrup with ice. Double-strain into a rocks glass. Top with soda and garnish with a celery stick. Enjoy!

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from the New York Times, January 6, 2012

5. Oakland, California
New restaurants and bars beckon amid the grit.

Tensions have cooled since violence erupted at the recent Occupy Oakland protests, but the city’s revitalized night-life scene has continued to smolder.

The historic Fox Theater reopened in 2009 and quickly cemented its status as one of the Bay Area’s top music venues, drawing acts like Wilco and the Decemberists. Meanwhile, the city’s ever more sophisticated restaurants are now being joined by upscale cocktail bars, turning once-gritty Oakland into an increasingly appealing place to be after dark. James Syhabout, the chef who earned Oakland its first (and only) Michelin star two years ago at Commis, followed up in May with the instant-hit Hawker Fare, a casual spot serving Asian street food. Big-name San Francisco chefs are now joining him. Daniel Patterson (of two-Michelin-star Coi) opened the restaurant Plum in late 2010 and an adjacent cocktail bar later, and another restaurant, called Haven, in the recently renovated Jack London Square last month. – INGRID K. WILLIAMS

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What to Eat and Drink at the Haven Preview

Published on October 22, 2011

from Grub Street San Francisco | October 21, 2011


As we mentioned earlier, chef Kim Alter is previewing what she’ll be doing at Haven, for the public, in the kitchen at Plum on upcoming Tuesdays through the month of November. The menu’s going to keep changing, and as these dishes offer a clue as to what her direction will be when Haven ultimately opens in Jack London Square (they’re still saying December, we shall see), we thought we’d share next week’s menu as well. Alter has also shared that the cocktail program at Haven may have a gin focus, and next week’s dinner will experiment with pairings with your choice of a basil gimlet or a Negroni. Also, Plum Bar should be opening any day now.

Haven Preview Dinner, October 25, 2011
$60 per person, not including beverages

jar of pickles..whole grain mustard…trotters….toast

romaine a la plancha
ravigote-bacon vin…radish

local squid
white beans…smoked garlic…flatbread…pickled green tomato

1/2 roasted chicken
squash…farro..salsify..brown butter

mandarin vacherin

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Haven Pop Up Dinners at Plum

Published on October 22, 2011

from MercuryNews.com | October 14, 2011

A peek at Haven: Eagerly anticipated doesn’t even begin to describe Haven, Daniel Patterson’s new digs at Oakland’s Jack London Square.  It feels like we’ve been waiting forever — and opening day is still many weeks away.  But Patterson and his new Haven exec chef Kim Alter offer a sneak peek and tasting to tide us all over.  Alter, pastry chef Matt Tinder and mixologist Scott Beattie are doing Tuesday evening preview dinners — pop-ups at Plum — featuring such soon-to-be Haven specialties as an “Artichokes” salad, seared short ribs and lemon soufflé.

Alter’s resume includes stints at Los Gatos’ Manresa, San Francisco’s Aqua and Acquerello, and a short stop at Sausalito’s new Plate Shop.  “I couldn’t be more excited about our chef,” Patterson says.  “Her food is really terrific.”  It’s limited seating for the four-course dinners, which are $60 per person, so reservations are essential.  Call 510-444-7586 or visit www.plumoakland.com.  Details: Tuesday evenings through Nov. 15 at Plum, 2214 Broadway, Oakland.

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